5 steps to learn a language from scratch

5 steps to learn a language from scratch

Bonjour á tous~ Hello everybody~ Today’s topic is… Five… Five steps to learning a new language ๐Ÿ™‚ #1 If your language has a new writing system, you have to start with the alphabet. Why?, well… If you’re learning a language like Japanese or Chinese… and you rely on the Romaji and the Pinyin, you are going to run into a lot of problems later down the line. Obviously this depends on your goals for the language. You just want to be conversational and never be able to read? Go ahead, don’t learn the script. But my suggestion is to first start learning the script of language, because… you’ll be able to pronounce things a lot easier because you’re not relying on an English rendering of the language. Tip #2 After I finish learning the alphabet I move into basic greetings and vocabulary. This sound obvious but… it’s so easy to learn this in any language. And as soon as you’re over that little hurdle you’ll feel really good about yourself, and you can start talking to people. I also suggest you learn the 100 most used words in the language. You’re gonna hear these words a lot, they’re gonna pop up in movies, on the radio, in music, in books. So if you know the basic greetings and vocabulary and a bit of grammar, as well as a hundred most useful or must common words… You’re already at a very good place. Step #3 That brings me to grammar, my Favorite♥ I’m so in love with grammar, I think I learn more… grammar structures than I do vocabulary. Learning grammar structure, write it down hundreds of times, and pop in new vocabulary words. That way you’ll learn how to use the structure… and you’re learning new words at the same time. #4 Practice. You need to get a language partner, and you need to make sure you’re using the language every day. If you don’t use this language, at least for a week… I mean if you learn for a while and you stop for a week, you’re gonna forget so much. So even if you have to force yourself just to do a five or ten minutes a day, do that, because it will stimulate your short and long-term memory, And you’ll remember things a lot better. So put in that effort to do a little bit each day, and you will not disappoint yourself. Aaand… I bet you guys can guess what number five is… Keep track of your progress. Not even gonna go into detail because I think I’ve spoken about this so many times. Surround yourself with the culture, with books, with music. Ah, uh… Uhm (ò – ó” Right over here these are some Japanese books that I got in Japan, So, if you just started learning a language, and you don’t know how to read this… Get the book anyway. It’ll push you to learn. And what I do while I read… The best example is probably this Korean book I use… 심플하게 산다 (I live simplely) While I read I will… mark the words I don’t know and I’ll write the English translation above them. If you don’t like writing in your book, get a notebook and do that, but… don’t be put off by the fact that you’ve only been learning a language for a short amount of time, and you’re like… “Ooh, I can’t buy a book and read this” NO! Challenge yourself, buy the book and… Work through it slowly. It’s… it’s a nice challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ And, I mean… There’s no right or wrong way to… You know, Start learning languages. These are just tips that have worked for me, and I hope you have some tips that you can share as well. So let me know in the comments, Aaand, see you guys next time. Bye~

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  1. ์™ธ๊ตญ์–ด ๋ฐฐ์šธ ๋•Œ ๋ฌธ๋ฒ•์ด ์ค‘์š”ํ•˜๋‹ค๋Š” ์ ์— ๋™์˜ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ €๋„ ๋ฌธ๋ฒ•์ด ์ œ์ผ ์žฌ๋ฏธ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ธฐ๋ณธ์ ์œผ๋กœ ๋ฌธ๋ฒ•์ด ํŠผํŠผํ•˜๋ฉด ์‹œ๊ฐ„์ด ์ง€๋‚  ์ˆ˜๋ก ์ข‹์€ ์ ์ด ๋งŽ๋‹ค๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐํ•ด์š”. ์š”์ฆ˜ ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„  ์™ธ๊ตญ์–ด (๋ณดํ†ต์€ ์˜์–ด) ๋ฐฐ์šธ ๋• ๋ฌธ๋ฒ•์„ ๋œ ๊ฐ•์กฐํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ์•„์‰ฝ์ฃ  (์˜ˆ์ „์˜ ๋ฌธ๋ฒ• ์œ„์ฃผ์˜ ์˜์–ด๊ต์œก์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ๋น„ํŒ์˜ ๊ฒฐ๊ณผ์ผ ์ˆ˜๋„ ์žˆ์ฃ ). ๋˜ ๋ฆฐ๋””๋‹˜๊ป˜์„œ ์™ธ๊ตญ์–ด์˜ ์•ŒํŒŒ๋ฒณ (๋ฌธ์ž)๋ฅผ ์ฒ˜์Œ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ๋ฐฐ์šฐ๋ผ๊ณ  ์ถฉ๊ณ ํ•˜์‹œ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๋„ ์ข‹๋„ค์š”. ์ €๋Š” ์ผ๋ณธ์–ด๋ฅผ ํ”„๋ž‘์Šค ํŒŒ๋ฆฌ์—์„œ ์ผ๋ณธ์ธ ์นœ๊ตฌ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ์„œ ์ž์—ฐ์Šค๋Ÿฝ๊ฒŒ ๋ฐฐ์› ๋Š”๋ฐ ๋‹น์‹œ ํžˆ๋ผ์นด๋‚˜๋งŒ ์กฐ๊ธˆ ์•Œ๊ณ  ์นดํƒ€์นด๋‚˜๋Š” ์ „ํ˜€ ๋ชจ๋ฅด๊ณ  ๋‹น์—ฐํžˆ ์ผ๋ณธ์–ด ํ•œ์ž๋Š” ๋ณธ ์ ๋„ ์—†์—ˆ์ฃ . ๊ทธ๋Ÿฌ๋‹ค ๋ณด๋‹ˆ ์ผ๋ณธ์ธ๋“ค๊ณผ ๋Œ€ํ™”๋Š” ๊ฐ€๋Šฅํ•œ๋ฐ ์ฝ๊ณ  ์“ฐ๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ์•ˆ๋˜๋‹ˆ๊นŒ ๋ฌธ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์ด ์นœ๊ตฌ๋“ค์ด ๋‚˜์ค‘์— ์ด ๋ฉ”์ผ์„ ์ผ๋ณธ์–ด๋กœ ๋ณด๋‚ด๋ฉด ๋‹นํ™ฉ์Šค๋Ÿฝ๋”๋ผ๊ตฌ์š”. ์ง€๊ธˆ์€ ์ผ๋ณธ์–ด๋ฅผ ๊ฒจ์šฐ ์ฝ์„ ์ˆœ ์žˆ๋Š”๋ฐ ์ฒ˜์Œ ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์ฝ๊ณ  ์“ฐ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ฐฐ์› ์œผ๋ฉด ๋” ํšจ๊ณผ์ ์ด์˜€์„ ๋“ฏ. ๊ทธ๋ž˜์„œ ์š”์ฆ˜ ์ค‘๊ตญ์–ด๋ฅผ ๋ฐฐ์šฐ๋ฉด์„œ๋Š” ํ•œ์ž๊ณต๋ถ€๋ฅผ ์—ด์‹ฌํžˆ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋Ÿผ ๋‹˜๋„ ํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด ๊ณต๋ถ€ ๊ณ„์† ์—ด์‹ฌํžˆ ํ•˜์‹œ๊ณ  ๊ณ„ํšํ•˜์‹œ๋Š” ๋ชจ๋“  ์ผ๋“ค์ด ์ž˜ ๋˜๊ธธ ๋ฐ”๋ž˜์š”!

  2. Super good suggestions! Practising the listening with same material with three times helps me a lot. Such as BBC 6 minutes English, the first time just listen to it and without watching the subtitle, that would be your real level of language. Then listen to it again with the subtitle and copy the sentence which you didn't pick up the first time, the key is the whole sentence, not only the words. Something connected with context would help our brain to memorize it. At last, listen to it again without subtitle and you could feel your improvement now!

  3. you should learn the original Chinese characters like ๆŒ‘้‡ versus ๆŒ‘่ก…
    ๆ†‚้ฌฑ versusๅฟง้ƒ ้ฆฌ versus ้ฉฌ๏ผŒ ๆ„›versus็ˆฑใ€‚
    the simplified ones are artificial garbage

  4. Thank so much Lindie Botes. These apps made face reality they are so fluent and so good in speaking the Russian language, And I thought I was good…And I can't even speak

  5. Aap bahut pyari hain. Thanks MERI pyari Behan. Gehan prem aapko. Pranaam ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน.ShubRatri..!! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

  6. OMG I'm seeing your channel for the first time
    I've faced the same things like you did
    I respect people like you
    So no matter what happends
    Please ๐Ÿ™‚ keep doing what you are doing right now

  7. Can you give me suggestions for Korean material? I used benny lewis language hacking Spanish to learn Spanish and I want something like that for Korean but all I can find is material which focus to much on grammar ( TTIK, Koreanโ€‹ from zero and so one )

  8. You're right! There is no right or wrong way to learn. And you don't need to choose a method to start. =)

  9. Very helpful tips, currently I'm learning Italian and Korean. I will definitely try buying books even though I'm just a beginner. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Great video and great tips !!! Actually I am self-learning japanese and italian, and self-practicing german, in order not to lose it, and self-training in French !!! I already did some of your tips … but..it is always good to remember that you are not the only "crazy" that follows these steps in order to learn more languages !!!

  11. Great video ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„ For how long would you recommend doing each step? Such as, studying the 100 words and the grammar before attempting to read your 1st book? Thankyouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  12. thank you so much!!! i am currently self- studying Korean and these tips will definitely help me with my progress!

  13. Thanks Lindie! I'm preparing to learn Spanish (I'm a native English speaker), and your tips have been helpful for me as I plan my learning strategies. Thanks again!

  14. can you recommend any korean poetry books that I could buy? I really love poetry and I'm studying Korean using mainly TTMIK right now. I was really drawn to the books I saw the male leads reading in The Bride of Habaek and Goblin and I want to get them, so can you lead me to any other good ones? Please and thank you!

  15. I am currently learning Japanese, and everyone keeps saying "don't use romaji" – BUT …the way I use it might be a bit different than what the nay-sayers are referring to. I primarily use romaji to write out what I think it says on the pages in my textbook, partly as a way to really 'hammer in' the sounds / syllables of especially hiragana and katakana – but also as a way to avoid translating much into English. (I look up new words, obviously, but aside from that…) I do this because it enables me to attempt thinking in Japanese more easily, and at the same time, link characters with sounds/syllables visually and audibly.

    So when I have tasks in my books requiring me to read and understand a text, and then answer questions based on that text, I do the whole thing in steps:
    – Read through the text – out loud if I have to
    – Take note of any new words (if I can figure out what they are from context, awesome – if not, I look them up; usually with my phone or similar, so knowing roughly what the romaji would be is helpful)
    – Then I write out the questions in my notebook in romaji as a way to make sure I've understood the questions (and repetition is always good)
    – I try to think and formulate my answers in Japanese – so that I don't mix any other language into it if at all possible
    – Then I write out my answers in romaji in my notebook
    – And finally, I write out my answers in kana and (to a lesser extent) kanji

    Not saying this is a perfect method, but it seems to work for me – for the time being, anyway. I've only been studying for about a year at this point, so I'm still VERY much a beginner, and I haven't even begun – really – studying kanji yet, even though I'm able to recognize a few. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I don't know if what I do to learn greek is fine because what I did was to see a little bit how the alphabet worked and then I started to learn more vocabulary.

  17. Should you get a language partner at the beginning stages like I'm studying Japanese I know hiragana , katakana and some kanji also some words I'm not sure if I should sign up for like hello talk now or should I wait to get past like "N4" or "N3" first? Or is "upper N5" ok?

  18. I've had problems in the past with buying a textbook or story book before I was ready and never getting to the place where it becomes useful. Do you think sometimes its dangerous to buy materials because you trick yourself into thinking your making progress just because you are buying things, and in the end you just end up delaying the actual learning?

  19. This video helped me to keep my motivation up, especially that part with buying a book in your target language even if you can't read it yet :)) I'm studying Korean alone and feel I forgot almost everything because I haven't been practicing for a week (I took up learning almost 1 month ago:))) You are very clever and inspiring and anytime I see your videos, I become motivated again to keep on learning. Congrats on speaking so many languages! ๐Ÿ˜„

  20. With Russian I found it a lot easier to memorise the alphabet after I knew some basic words and phrases because I could see them in context but I guess every language and learner is different

  21. I've learned Katakana and Hiragana and now I really want to be conversationally fluent in Japanese but I also want to learn Kanji for me to be able to read books and manga without Furigana. ๐Ÿ˜ข

  22. ูƒู„ุงู… ู…ู‡ู… ุฌุฏุง ุงู„ุณู„ุงู… ุนู„ูŠูƒู… ูˆุฑุญู…ุฉ ุงู„ู„ู‡
    ุชุณู„ู… ุงููƒุงุฑูƒ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    ูƒู„ ุนุงู… ูˆุงู†ุชู… ุจุงู„ู ุฎูŠุฑ ู…ุดุชุฑูƒ ุฌุฏูŠุฏ
    Wow So beautiful this )))
    Oh!!! That's amazing… new subscriber here.

  23. I learn a language where there is nothing around in europe. YT has just a few videos and the music is just to weird so that I could not listen to it for more than 2 seconds. The topic of the songs bdw are always the same. So there is not much to learn… How do I do it then? I search for these people just start talking to them and asking them out about everything…

  24. LMAO I'm on step 3:< and it was so hard…but nothing's impossible:))

  25. I can't wait to be able to read books and understand them, if i were to buy one now i would probably mark down all words lmao. The "I can read, but i don't understand" can heavily apply to me lol. I do have pdf book of stories for kids, but again i don't understand a thing, except when they mentioned dog one time hahaha

  26. I have been studying Korean for 7 years now ( but not consistently). For me, for the first step, I learned were basic phrases and then I started to get curious how to read and write so that became my second step. My third step is to learn new vocabulary words and use it in a sentence (grammar). Then, I memorized phrases and started talking to some language partners. But like what you had said it's easy to be fluent if you keep on using it so that you can't forget. I'm not yet good in Korean because I don't have the chance to use it every day. Well thanks for reminding me! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  27. I am self learning korean. Because i want to go to korea and i love learninh new language. Thank you. โค๏ธ you inspire me so much. โค๏ธ

  28. I want to become fluent in Tagalog because Iโ€™m Filipino but my parents never taught me ๐Ÿ™ but they always make fun of my accent whenever I try talking to them in Tagalog and itโ€™s really discouraging me. Does anyone have advice?

  29. Starting out with Japanese, I use manga, since the sentences are shorter, while still containing a lot of grammar and vocabulary

  30. ์ €๋Š” ์™ธ๊ตญ์ธ ํ•™์ƒ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด๋ฅผ ๊ฐ€๋ฅด์ณ์š”~ ํ•™์ƒ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ์ด ์˜์ƒ์„ ๊ผญ ์†Œ๊ฐœํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ๋„ค์š”.

  31. Meu deeeeus ! Eu estou pensando aqui .. tailandรชs รฉ muito difรญcil aaa ( vietnamita tambรฉm ) mas .. vocรช tem alguma dica para ajudar a aprender esses idiomas?

  32. Can someone please recommend a good psychological thriller book (stephen king -ish)in french or translated in french. Its very hard to move to conversational when i cant find anything interesting enough to read and read to the very end.

  33. Thanks ! Please excuse me to ask you this ๐Ÿ˜ณ why did you cut your hair off ? You look beautiful like this too but you have such an amazing hair why would you cut it ๐Ÿ˜ข I wish if I have the same hair as yours , I will absolutely never cut it short ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  34. Hello, Ms. Botes, do you know any good resources for people who wish to learn Afrikaans. It just sounds like such an interesting language to me, and I was wondering if you could help me. Thanks!
    Also fantastic video

  35. I love your videos , you're the best teacher โœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธ

  36. There something background in 0:23

  37. My mom said she learn english in the phillipines, and it mostly studies on grammar, but she cant understand the english language today now since grammar isnt a main subject for us to use.

  38. Really helpful. I've always liked the videos of Lindie Botes. Besides, I've come across this another video https://youtu.be/dRsSD7ngNQg that helped me to learn a foriegn language quickly. Thanks to these YouTube channels for helping millions of us.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

  39. Thank you for posting this video! When I get discouraged, I just watch you and get re-invigorated! I haven't tried a language with a different script yet, but you make it seem accessible. Thanks again.

  40. ๊ธด ๋จธ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ์ด์œ๊ฑฐ๊ฐ™์€๋ฐ ์งง์€ ๋จธ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๋” ์ด๋ป์š”!

  41. Coucou Lindie!! Merci pour tes conseils ๐Ÿ™‚ j'adore tes vidรฉos et ta passion des langues qui se dรฉgagent au travers de ton sourire et ton enthousiasme ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. If you put me on a island with 100 hot chicks all speaking another language Iโ€™d never learn it. I have an English brain.

  43. With tip 1, you can actually survive with only knowing pinyin if you only care about speaking the language and don't care about reading or writing. Pinyin was not made for foreigners trying to learn Chinese, it was actually made by a Chinese guy to help Chinese people learn their own language (since Chinese never had an alphabet). Native Chinese speakers learn pinyin themselves as little kids before learning characters. It is not like Japanese Romaji at all, it will not affect your pronunciation in any negative way at all, in fact it is smarter if you learn the pinyin first. China could actually get rid of characters completely and only use pinyin if they wanted and they would probably still be fine, but they want to still keep the characters really more because of tradition.

  44. For English I read books and watch a lot of videos, for Chinese I listen to music, watch movies, read news from different websites and I work with dictionary, for Japanese I read small stories and use cards for memorizing

  45. I don't understand the whole "if you don't do anything for x amount of time you're going to forget what you've learned." I've never found that, if anything I'm better after a break. Sounds like forgetting is something that would happen if your were cramming (like word lists etc), which isn't a good idea when learning a language.

  46. thank you for recording this I'm currently learning Japanese and definitely following your steps already but the immersion part and consistency is where I fall off but i want to learn the language by the end of the year

  47. I'm learning my Parents Language off & on for years it's keeping everything in my Brain When l look in the Dictionaries in Books & online l get so Disheartened so much to learn thanks for the Video Awesome

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